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NBC News Employees Organize Anti-Union Effort

Dec 5, 2019  •  Post A Comment

As employees of NBC News Digital await the results of a formal vote held Wednesday on whether to form a union with the NewsGuild of New York, The Hollywood Reporter says some employees have begun an anti-union effort.

Meanwhile, results of the vote will reportedly be available Dec. 13.

“While the NBC Digital NewsGuild announced on Oct. 30 that ‘approximately 75% of the workplace signed on to the effort’ with union authorization cards, a smaller group of employees has been quietly campaigning against the union effort,” THR reports.

THR adds: “Pro-union posters around the office in Manhattan have been met with anti-union posters put up by the group, which runs an Instagram account called No NBC NewsGuild and a bare-bones website that lays out a series of ‘NBC News Guild Concerns.’ One employee described the dueling promotional campaign as ‘a massive, college dorm-esque battle of the posters.'”

The THR report adds that the anti-union effort “appears small. Only 15 people follow the Instagram account, many of them ‘Today’ show employees, one source pointed out to The Hollywood Reporter. (The union would include staffers from nbcnews.com, today.com, StayTuned, Left Field, msnbc.com and NBC News Now.)”

The report also says: “NBC News confirmed that company management has nothing to do with the self-organized anti-union effort.”

In a statement about the anti-union effort, the NBC Digital NewsGuild told THR: “We do not know who started this account, but we do know that fear and misinformation about our rights keep us divided. After our vote count on Dec. 13, we look forward to coming together as one united staff to protect and look out for one another.”

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